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by name Newspaper - Published: October 31, 2013

Can't support Tom Tancredo

Tom Tancredo is not the person we should support as governor. (Would Tom Tancredo be a good governor for Colorado? Sunday, Oct. 13).

After the Columbine High School shooting, then-congressman Tancredo came out and supported background checks for private citizens selling their personal firearms at gun shows. A background check would not have stopped the shooting because a friend went through the check and bought the guns for the shooters.

Tancredo caved to the emotionalism of the moment and pushed a gun law that did not even address the problem but burdened private citizens. We already have a governor that will support gun laws that do not work, so we do not need Tancredo to replace John Hickenlooper.

Jill Coleman

Colorado Springs

An evaluation of the 2013 ballot

Wow! What a ballot we have this time around - a school board election and three new taxes. I'm sure some of you have even more taxes (such as those living is school District 38).

The following is my evaluation of this ballot: Amendment 66 is a wolf in sheep's clothing. They originally estimated it would raise $1.5 billion, then they said we made an error; it will only raise $950 million. I believe their high-price consultants told them something less than $1 billion would sound better. Then they added a sentence saying they get to keep whatever the tax raises in the next years. I used two pieces of additional data to make my decision to vote no.

I noted that we finally got funding to fix the U.S. 24/I-25 interchange. We have been trying to get this money since the 1980s; and I can't remember driving to Denver without hitting two to six road construction projects. Denver has the votes and they keep the money. Then I recalled the Douglas County study which estimated that residents of Douglas County would pay $150 million if the tax passes and the distribution formula would return $50 million to Douglas County schools. Obviously, nothing has changed; Denver wants more of our money. The fire district tax seems a bit high, but this year's fires justify some increase.

The marijuana tax is so high that it will likely keep the black market in business, but it is an easy tax to avoid paying. You make your own decision.

Keep in mind that the city utilities is going to take millions without asking; the king of the City Council can't accept the peoples' decision to have a strong mayor, and he (they) want to start building their own empire of departments. If they succeed, they will go after a new tax (which will be big). Many of you have or will have your hours reduced so your employer can stay in business. A vast majority of you will see very significant increases in your medical insurance.

You put all of that together, and it's hard to find a reason to vote yes on any increases at this time.

Please vote and please vote wisely!

J. Curtis Coombs

Colorado Springs

Put pride aside and work together

I am in total agreement with The Gazette editorial dated Oct. 27. City Council needs to grow up and do what is best for the city and stop all this gamesmanship with Mayor Steve Bach.

I am not in complete agreement with everything Bach has to say or wants to do. Bach needs to work with the City Council as well.

We don't need another baseball field downtown; what we need is employment.

If you get people working, they will spend money, and that means more sales tax dollars for the city.

"Come on," Council; we don't need another stormwater fee, or tax increase to support a separate department for stormwater. If you remember correctly, stormwater fees were voted out a couple of years ago.

Utilities wants to increase our rates again on water, gas and electricity, is this to support their bonus? We don't need any more tax problems today.

We are already being asked to support Amendment 66 which means another tax increase which we have no control over.

It's bad enough that our government in Washington is not able to work together let alone our own council and mayor.

You are all acting like a bunch of entitled children.

You need to put pride aside and work together.

John Thordsen

Colorado Springs

Chose to go for the maximum

Northern El Paso County Lewis-Palmer School District 38 is asking its citizens to approve a $4.5 million property tax increase that will be in perpetuity without a mill cap or sunshine clause. This tax increase would levy a hefty burden on both retired citizens and business owners.

School leadership failed to do a financial impact study on our community businesses, but rather focused only on how much money they could get.

They chose to go for the maximum allowed by state law.

This increase will not only strangle some local entrepreneurs, but could also leave many of our senior citizens with little choice but to relocate.

Several weeks ago hundreds of signs and banners encouraging voters to check yes on the 3A box of the current ballot began to appear in the Tri-Lakes area.

No connection was made to 3A being the Mill Levy Override property tax increase. The signs and banners are sponsored by a group called "Now's the Time D38" which was specifically founded to support the property tax increase in the Tri-Lakes area.

The union, CEA, contributed $1,000. The district's Boulder law firm contributed $1,500.

This single-issue group, as of Oct. 16, had $13,417 in their war chest with over $10,000 coming from central administration, vendors, and consultants of D-38.

Is this another example of government with its hand out to the taxpayers on a product on which it cannot deliver?

Stephen Boyd

Larkspur

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